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Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 3, Dec-03
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-03-12  chessmoron: Anand missed 26...Rxc1 with 27...Nxa3 follow up to have 2 pawns up against Aronian that may complicate things.
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  LucB: Actually in the post-mortem, he said that he did consider the variation but decided against it for some reason.
Dec-04-12  thomastonk: From the post mortem: after 26.. Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Nxa3 Aronian intended to play 28.Rh1. Anand mentioned that he also considered 28.Rc5, but when the position after 28.. a6 29.Qf4 Nb5 30.Nf3 f6 came on the screen, he said: "Probably I should have done this. Black is clearly better here."

Another position which was discussed in the post mortem was that after 20.Ne1. Anand said: "Well, Ne5 and draw, simply." And about 20.Ne1: "I was a bit surprised, because I didn't think White was better." Aronian mentioned 20.. Rfd8. Eventually they arrived at 21.Ng4 Kg7 without final verdict.

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  tamar: Looking back, allowing Aronian to wriggle out of his dubious opening was a major depressive for Anand's tournament.

He said he saw, only to barely consider 26...Rxc1 27 Rxc1 Nxa3, but had no variations exactly why he rejected, other than the general observation that the knight was far away.

You could see as he talked the doubt creeping in, as he tried to say why he did not deeply consider this winning sequence.

Dec-10-12  NGambit: Another move that need to be discussed is 28. ... Qf6. The idea was probably that with the queens off the board (and with that any white counter play on K-side) black would be doing better. It's safe way of playing but clearly keeping the queens on the board gave black better winning chances.

It's a pity that Anand couldn't break the Aronian jinx here given that Aronian had been out of sorts in this tournament and that Anand had such good chances.

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